The Easter weekend was spent at my Mum's house and it was good to see people and catch up. My Gran and aunt and uncle came over and it was good to catch up. On the Monday the family went for a walk around Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes. There is a picture above.
On Tuesday Sarah and I returned to London after enjoying ourselves earlier in the holiday. This time we were able to get first class tickets on the train for £16 reduced from £70 as we booked a week in advance. We started at Westminster Cathedral which is the Roman Catholic Cathedral. It was built in the late 18th Century and you can tell it is a political building with small chapels for Sts George, Patrick and Andrew although not David. Overall it is gaudy but not as bad as other Roman Catholic cathedrals I am told. The view from the tower is great.
We then walked to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square going passed Buckingham House and through St James Park. Again there were some excellent paintings including some famous paintings by Monet and Picasso but my favourite was the The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up which shows a 98 gun warship captured from the French at the Battle of the Nile and made famous at the Battle of Trafalgar. It is not shown in glory but but being taken to be destroyed but a steam tug heralding the end of British Naval Power. It also has a marvellous sunset behind it (although technically this is East and therefore the sun can't set behind it)
We finally ended up at the theatre to see Whipping it Up which is a new political satire set with a Conservative government trying to conduct legislation with a majority of just 3. The Chief Whip and his employees thus need to employ dirtyand underhand tactics to ensure that they win the vote but don't rule out the opposition. It was excellent, Richard (I don't believe it) Wilson as a grumpy leader and Robert (Cold Feet) Bathurst as a his number 2 were well cast and Lee Ross believable swarmy but the scenes were stolen by Helen Schlesinger.
Attempts ti upgrade to first class for the return journey ended when it was £50 per person. It was empty.
Thursday we went to Sheringham and caught the steam train pictured to Holt.